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12:00 AM, May 22, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:57 AM, May 22, 2019

Pro-Maduro assembly extends rule in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly, made up entirely of loyalists of President Nicolas Maduro, announced Monday it has extended its mandate to rule the crisis-stricken country for another 18 months until the end of 2020. The move comes a year after the contested re-election of embattled Maduro, locked in a struggle for power with Juan Guaido, who has declared himself interim president and is backed by more than 50 countries including the United States. In a decree approved unanimously and which applies immediately, the Constituent Assembly extended its functioning “at least until December 31, 2020.” The pro-Maduro body has effectively sidelined and replaced Venezuela’s opposition-dominated National Assembly, which is led by Guaido.

 

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